Posts Tagged ‘bill clinton’

Obama’s Kitchen Cabinet: A Presidential Reunion

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Barack Obama gets a surprise visit in the night from ex-Presidents Bush Sr., Bush Jr., Clinton, Ford, Reagan and Carter to get a few pointers about the Consumer Financial Protection Agency and why it’s so important. This piece is directed by Ron Howard and features Saturday Night Live alums Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Dana Carvey, Darrell Hammond, Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen as well as Jim Carey. ¬†Found at Funny or Die.

Clinton, Inc. Vs. The Soporanos

Saturday, June 23rd, 2007

The campaign pulled a clever but dubious move in producing a short video taking off from the final scene of finale for their announcement of the campaign theme song. The clip is clever because hitches on the wide popularity of a pop culture phenomenon that, because of the show’s finale, was garnering a ton of publicity. The clip is dubious because by using The Sopranos reference, Bill and Hillary are implicitly comparing themselves to an organized crime family.

This is the actual finale scene from The Sopranos:

And here’s the Clinton campaign’s take-off:

Not brilliant but sorta cute and it achieves what it’s supposed to do. And the spoof included some nice details, especially featuring , the actor who played New York boss Johnny Sack on the show. But ? Really?!? I know , but, I mean, it’s Celine Dion! She’s not just a Canadian, she’s a French Canadian. Did I mention it’s Celine Dion?

The ever culturally astute President seemed to admit in the video itself that was a lame campaign theme song by saying "My money’s on ." Sometimes democracy just ain’t that pretty:

Boris Yeltsin Dies

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Russia’s first president, , at 76 years of age. Ah, the good old days: Our economy worked, we didn’t invade countries who posed us no threat, and Russia was a fledgling Democracy rather than slipping back into a police state. Here’s Yeltsin cracking a joke at a press conference with President :

Russian Reporting On Yeltsin’s Death

Here are some clips showing how the Russian media is reporting Yeltsin’s death, including archival footage of a very young Yeltsin:

Bill Clinton’s Entire Fox News Interview

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

The ten to twenty second clips you see of President ‘s interview on do not do him nor the interview justice. Chris Wallace‘s second question begins by saying "When we announced that you were going to be on Fox News Sunday, I got a lot of email from viewers. And I gotta say, I was surprised, most of them wanted me to ask you this question: Why didn’t you do more to put Bin Laden and Al Queda out of business when you were president?"

Now why would he ask the question that way? Why not just directly? Does it really matter where the question came from? The only reason you pose a question in that manner is to disavow responsibility for asking the question. If you’re going to do a political hack job and you don’t want to get blamed for it, you place responsibility elsewhere. They asked the question! Here, then, is Fox’s entire interview with President Clinton (from at YouTube).

Fox News Interview With President Bill Clinton (Part 1):

Fox News Interview With President Bill Clinton (Part 2):

Fox News Interview With President Bill Clinton (Part 3, from at YouTube):

‘s Comments On Fox News Interview With President Bill Clinton (from at ):

& On Media Coverage Of Clinton Interview (from at YouTube):

Senator Lloyd Bentsen

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

Texas Senator in Houston. He was 85.

Bentsen flew combat missions as a B-24 pilot during World War II, earning the . In 1970, Bentsen ousted incumbent Senator and future President , and was overwhelmingly re-elected in 1976, 1982, and 1988.

In 1988, Bentsen was chosen by Massachusetts Governor as his Democratic running mate for the 1988 presidential race. It was during this race–during the televised Vice Presidential debate against Republican , specifically–that Bentsen delivered one of the best put-downs in American political history (from chickenhawkdown at YouTube):

This is a three minute clip that has poorer audio but gives more context to the remark (via jraan at YouTube):

Though Dukakis lost that election, Bentsen continued to serve in the US Senate until 1993, when he resigned to become Secretary of the Treasury under President from 1993 to 1994.

Also watch this Real Video AP clip of Bentsen’s  life and career via the .

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